Song and Dance

Song and Dance

Mike Steinel Quintet

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552216028
Catalog number: OA2 22160
Releasedate: 19-10-18
- Composed by trumpeter, composer, educator, and author, Mike Steinel
- From Irving Berlin-inspired ballads to soaring, through-composed romps and vocal melodies
Renowned trumpeter, composer, educator, and author, Mike Steinel,  partners with vocalist Rosana Eckert to showcase a wide-ranging collection of original music and songs. Though a composer of dozens of essential big band charts over the last 4 decades,  Steinel opted for a quintet setting to frame his recent inspiration to write lyrics. From Irving Berlin-inspired ballads to soaring, through-composed romps, featuring intricate trumpet with wordless vocal melodies, Steinel's desire to blur stylistic boundaries and celebrate broader interests shines through. Reconfirming that music gains power when reduced to its essential elements during recent time spent with young musicians in South Africa and Haiti, Steinel's bandmates, and fellow University of North Texas professors - Eckert, Pat Coil, Steve Barnes and Carl Hillman - create a joyous musical collection, with lyrics ranging from the humorous to the poignant and back again. 
Mike Steinel is an internationally recognized jazz educator and the author the highly acclaimed Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble and Building a Jazz Vocabulary. He has performed throughout the US, Canada and in Europe, recorded with the Frank Mantooth Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Quintet, and performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry, Don Ellis, Bill Evans, Zoot Sims, Jerry Bergonzi, and others. He is a featured soloist on recent release by the Mike Waldrop Big Band (2015). Mike has served as Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas since 1987.